How to use our Vital Records Search
Our Vital Record Search give you links to regionally specific batch records microfilmed and listed at: Familysearch.org.
There is a great deal of information which can be found on the website listed above to those who know how to search it. Using the county batch record numbers is a quick way to figure out if your ancestors record is located at a county courthouse in a specific state. The church members have voluntarily traveled around the country and microfilmed available courthouse and church records and made them searchable online. Below is listed the batch record numbers by county which are to the indexes for these microfilmed records. Basic information is provided for each record. You can use the information to order a copy of your ancestors record from a family history library near you or a specific county courthouse as the volume of the probate record is often listed. Try many different spellings for your ancestors surnames as courthouse clerks often mispelled first and last names.
If you clicked on Newport County, Rhode Island:
You get search boxes saying for you to enter first or last name.
I searched for the name Gideon Mitchell, (the nice thing is you don't have to know all the information of who you are researching), you can put either just the first or a last name in the field,which also can help if you are searching for more available records of persons with the same last name who could be relatives of the person you are researching. I jut put Mitchell in the last name box, and region North America and the batch record number showed C501121.
Next I got a Result List of two hundred Mitchell's: I narrowed my search by putting in Gideon's first name.
Gideon Mitchell - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Birth: 8 MAR 1802 , Newport, New Shoreham, Rhode Island
Clicking on Gideon Mitchell reveals:
08 MAR 1802 New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island
Father: JONATHAN MITCHELL Family
Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record. The source records are usually arranged chronologically by the birth or christening date.
Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:
C501121 1636 - 1850 0908270 IT 1 Film 0933413 Film
If you click on the Source Call No.: You get:
Item 1 Vital record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850 : a family register for the people Arnold, James N. (James Newell) , 1844-1927
It then goes on to tell you more information on how to order a record if you click on the highlighted title.
Note: If the batch record number does not show up in the box it is in the URL window. Copy and paste the batch record number into the box that says batch number, and also Select the North American Region.
Note: Not all records are microfilmed, what is listed is represented here, but there may be more records not listed here that exist in the courthouses.